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American Brain Tumor Association Conference Advances Holistic Approach to Living with a Brain Tumor
Date:6/19/2013

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 19, 2013

A brain tumor diagnosis is not only life-changing for patients, but for those closest to them. The sudden onset of symptoms, their often rapid progression, and the effects a brain tumor has on a patient’s behavioral and cognitive functions can cause anxiety, frustration, fear and uncertainty for both the patient and family. The American Brain Tumor Association’s 2013 Patient & Family Conference, Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 in Chicago, focuses on the short and long-term needs of the patient and caregiver. The conference offers participants the opportunity to explore patient-centric, holistic approaches to brain tumor research, treatment, management and survivorship.

“With scientific breakthroughs in personalized medicine and targeted therapies resulting in brain tumor patients living longer, there is a correlative need for patients and families to understand and have access to an expanded offering of support and rehabilitative services not traditionally included in brain tumor medical regimens,” said Elizabeth Wilson, president and CEO of the ABTA. “This shift toward integration of restorative care across the spectrum of health and medical disciplines is driving greater engagement of both the patient and the family in discussions of treatment options and wellness therapies. The conference speakers, topics, sessions and demonstrations reflect the emergence of these trends and their potential to improve and extend lives.”

The conference includes a nationally recognized panel of brain tumor researchers who will address the evolving role of patients and caregivers in the design of clinical research and recent findings from ABTA supported-studies. Additional sessions focus on holistic approaches to patient-centered health care and pers
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